Friday, March 05, 2021

Occulted Landscape and Protest

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New scholar papers just published:
Lauren M. E. Goodlad
Victorian Literature & Culture,  Volume 49 , Special Issue 1: Special Issue: The Wide Nineteenth Century , Spring 2021 , pp. 107 - 138

This essay shows how genre and place enable the “ontological reading” of narrative fiction. Such sense-making dialectics enable readers to infer the terms of existence that shape fictional worlds. World-systems thinkers have theorized the critical premise of material worlds shaped though ongoing processes of combined and uneven development. Ontological reading is a comparative practice for studying the narrative work of “figuring out” those processes—for example, through the “occulted landscapes” of Yorkshire noir. Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights can be likened to a species of crime fiction in prefiguring the “hardboiled” pull from epistemological certainty to ontological complication. Whereas David Peace's millennial Red Riding series of novels and films palimpsestically layers multiple pasts and presents, Wuthering Heights’ photomontage-like landscape airbrushes the seams of combined and uneven histories. Both narratives evoke moorland terrains conducive to a long history of woolens manufacturing reliant on the energized capital and trade flows of Atlantic slavery. Both works body forth occulted landscapes with the capacity to narrate widely: their troubling of ontological difference—between human and animal, life and death, past and present, nature and supernature—lays the ground for generically flexile stories of regional becoming. Ontological reading thus widens literary study.

Voice of Protest in the Brontë Fiction
Dr Poonam Kumari
Research Review, Oct. 2020, Year - 7 (90)

This is the crucial and thematically the central chapter of the thesis "Voice of Protest in the Brontë Fiction: An Integrated Feminist Study" where women in the Bronte novels are portrayed as crying and protesting against the male-constructed hegemony in all its possible ramifications. More often thannot, women express their grievances through silence or through body language. Men should psychologically read and redress it, which left unheeded, constrains them to cry in agony; remains unheard, women rise in revolt and raise their feminist Voice of Protest in opposition to all that could be masculinist, and create an equitable world for the sexes called the Brontë world.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

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Happy World Book Day! About Manchester celebrates by listing 'a collection of  literary-themed breaks that couples and families can enjoy across the UK once travel is permitted'.
Brontë book fans – including Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
Sleeps: Two
Price: Seven nights from £437
This beautiful, detached cottage is set in the heart of Derbyshire and is ideally located for couples looking to explore the locations which inspired various Brontë books, including the literary classic Jane Eyre.
The property boasts traditional features including wooden beams, a wood burning stove and a beautiful walled garden – perfect for an evening drink or a cup of tea in the morning sunshine.
Situated in the south of the Peak District National Park, the cottage is just a 30-minute drive away from Chatsworth House, where Jane and Edward Rochester’s first meeting was filmed in the 2011 film adaption. (Alan Brown)
Both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights make it onto the list of '10 books by women authors to celebrate Women’s History Month' compiled by News 12 New Jersey.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre possesses neither the great beauty nor entrancing charm that her fictional predecessors used to make their way in the world. Instead, Jane relies upon her powers of diligence and perception, conducting herself with dignity animated by passion. [...]
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë's only novel endures as a work of tremendous and far-reaching influence. 
While C|net recommends celebrating by watching To Walk Invisible.
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
I've often had romantic notions of writers of yore meandering through their days, dreaming of their next story while sipping tea and taking walks through their estates. To watch this 2016 film and learn the brutal reality the Brontë sisters faced is a true wakeup call. 
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë struggled in ways I cannot fathom. They were poor and isolated. Their alcoholic brother drained their family financially and emotionally. And they faced a publishing world that had zero interest in women authors. Yet they wrote and published (under male pseudonyms) some of the greatest works of English literature: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This film is simultaneously haunting and inspiring. (Natalie Weinstein)
Palatinate highlights the life and work of Jean Rhys, who
is best known for Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), based on the life of Bertha Mason, a character first found in Jane Eyre. In reclaiming the famous ‘madwoman in the attic’, Rhys offers a postcolonial, feminist critique of Bertha’s original depiction – of this, she said ‘I thought I’d try to write her a life’. Rhys’ novel draws upon her own life living as an outsider – between 1939 and 1966, she lived in poverty and fell out of sight to such an extent that she was presumed dead. Perhaps in reviving Brontë’s Bertha Mason in a new image, she was in fact resurrecting her own self and creative talent. Her reflections on imperialism, power and identity in this novel are intertwined effortlessly with a flowing, liminal prose, unique to Rhys. In her unfinished autobiography, published posthumously, she poses the reflection – ‘I am a stranger and I always will be, and after all I didn’t really care’. Rhys’ life was complex and tragic, but her uncompromising, thoughtful literature remains relevant to this day. (Millicent Stott)
The Sydney Morning Herald lists Charlotte Brontë among other writers wise beyond their years.
[Amanda] Gorman is a strong counterpoint to the idea that only artists of a certain age have anything to say, anything worth reading, anything to stand the test of time. Just because an artist is young doesn’t mean she hasn’t done a lot of living, nor have a lot of wisdom, courage or talent to share. She’s not alone.
Tara June Winch’s first novel, Swallow the Air, was published in 2006 when she was 23, and won several Australian literary awards. Winch remains one of my favourite authors. Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her first standout novel, Purple Hibiscus, in 2003 at the age of 26. Zadie Smith’s staggering White Teeth was published when she was 25. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre in 1847, aged 31. The list goes on. (Caro Llewellyn)
A contributor to BookRiot reflects on 'rereading and the self'.
It isn’t only about the book, though. Rereading has, over the years, become a way for me to measure changes in myself. When I could no longer read Twilight with the pure joy I used to, or when I finally understood the grief portrayed in Wuthering Heights, I found that I had changed. I paid attention to different things. I found joy in books I hadn’t expected and could no longer return to old favorites with the same amount of enthusiasm. (Sarah Rahman)
Slash Film discusses WandaVision and reminds its readers of the fact that,
There’s a word for a highly detailed imaginary world – it’s called a paracosm. Paracosms are complex worlds with their own set of well-established rules. Worlds that don’t actually exist but still feel completely real, especially to the creator. The Brontë siblings had their own paracosms – fantasy kingdoms they created and shared with each other. Middle-earth is a paracosm. So is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The list goes on and on, and the causes of paracosms are numerous – boredom and entertainment are at the top. (Chris Evangelista)
Europa Press (Spain) reports that a new stage production called La senda que deja el aire is a
"rendido tributo a los inmortales personajes de Jane Eyre y Bertha Mason, creados por Charlotte Brontë, cuya atmósfera desarrolló posteriormente Jean Rhys, quienes sirven como catalizador de un cúmulo de emociones, contrastes o dudas a través de los que se analiza la condición humana y, en concreto, el papel de las mujeres en un mundo que tal vez siga sin pertenecerles." (Translation)
The Cinema Graph discusses Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.
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A new Spanish scholar publication with a couple of Brontë-related chapters:

Documentando la Memoria Cultural: Las Mujees en las (Auto)narraciones exocanónicas
Coords: Miriam Borham Puyal, Jorge Diego Sánchez y María Isabel García Pérez
Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca
ISBN: 978-84-1311-376-0

Diaries and Paintings on the Margins: Helen Graham’s Artistic Resistance to Abuse in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
by Marta Bernabeu

Cultural representations of the Brontë sisters generally favour Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847). However, recent scholarship such as Samantha Ellis’ Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life (2017) attempts to vindicate the revolutionary nature of the apparently most quiet and religious sister, as well as the modernity of her works, in particular The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). Considered a proto-feminist text, The Tenant narrates the story of a woman, Helen Graham, who abandons her husband due to his ill-treatment of her and starts a new life as a painter with her infant son in a society that sees her as an outsider. Helen Graham’s story is especially significant because she progressively builds her determination and resistance from emotion by gathering her feelings in a diary and using them to find the agency to act upon her marginal situation. As Clementine Sykes points out, it is indeed through Helen’s account of her story that the reader comes across “the female’s realization of her own oppressed state”. What is more, Helen not only collects her emotions in her diary, but she also confronts them through her role as an artist, which also allows her to explore the possibility of independence from her husband and defend her position at the threshold of society. Therefore, the main aim of this paper is to show the extent to which Helen’s role as an artist and a writer on the margins of society is key to the personal assessment of her affective life, allowing her to make a living outside her abusive marriage.

Study of the Brontëan Narrative: Approximation to the Psychological Dimension of Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
by Ana Pérez Porras

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) satisfies her desire for literary creation through the imaginary construction of fictional fiction. This study presents an analysis of the psychological dimension of the characters in the narrative of Wuthering Heights (1847). The novel portrays Catherine and Heathcliff’s passionate relationship, but it is a work with a deep psychological dimension. From this point of view, we will check several psychological states of the characters, including orphanhood, obsession and aggressiveness. The novel invites the psychological analysis of its characters, who show lack of affection and must face certain emotional conflicts and dissatisfied desires. Of all of them, Heathcliff, considered as the central axis of the story, is one of those who suffers the most from these states. Wuthering Heights (1847) describes a sadistic world, in which children, without the protection of their mothers, have to fight for their lives against adults. The behavior of the
characters shows us that they have an obsessive-compulsive personality, a disorder caused by the repression of their desires. In addition, these appear in the novel manifesting wild behavior, while on other occasions they appear as victims.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

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SecEd and many others reveal the 'Top 10 favourite school books'.
A survey asked 2,000 UK adults which novels or plays they most enjoyed reading during their time in formal education. [...]
The top 10 favourite books as revealed by the survey, which was conducted by Oxford Home Schooling, were:
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
1984 (George Orwell)
Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
When the results are broken down by sex, Animal Farm remains the number one pick for men, but women voted A Christmas Carol as number one followed by Charlotte Brontë’s gothic romance novel Jane Eyre. (Pete Henshaw)
But Why Tho features The Adler Collection from author Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey.
It’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, as Irene Adler teams up with a host of famous female faces from science, history, and literature to defeat the greatest criminal mastermind of all time…
Wounded in the Boer War, Jane Eyre returns to a London transformed by emerging modernity. An old friend, the glamorous inventor Lady Havisham, introduces her to the American adventuress Irene Adler, and the two seek lodging together. But Adler is engaged in a brutal secret war against a mortal enemy. As Ayesha and her Amazons (not to mention her pet assassin Carmilla) take over the London underworld, Adler must form a team of determined women to stop them – before the Empire is destroyed.
The Adler Collection is available in bookstores and comics shops on March 30th, 2021. (Kerri Guillette)
The Sun suggests several dog-friendly walks in England.
Heathcliff, it’s me – Woofy!
The Pennine Way was Britain’s first National Trail, opened in 1965, and much of its most dramatic 268 miles is wild moorland. Strike out three miles from Emily Brontë’s hometown of Haworth, and alone on the moors is the shell of Top Withens farmhouse, believed to be the inspiration for the Earnshaw’s home in Wuthering Heights. You can unleash your inner Kate Bush here – there’s no one around to hear – with your dog howling along in accompaniment. (Jane Common)
Valencia Plaza (Spain) looks at the authors that shaped other authors.
Por otro lado, Posteguillo siente especial cariño por autores “enormes” como Jane Austen; las hermanas Brontë; (Luis Urios) (Translation)
The Current takes a 'look at female authors who published under male pen names'.
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The Sisters Walk is a recently released audio poem by Emily Jane Bell and Sarah Dew:
The Sisters Walk
Poetry by Emily Jane Bell, Audio by Sarah Dew

Emily and Sarah collaborated together to create this audio poem from

2020 to 2021. Sarah used Emily's evocative and often challenging poetry to inspire a soundscape of melody, sound art and field recordings. Some of the recordings were made on Haworth moor.

Emily Jane Bell explains:

The Sisters Walk’ is a poetic imagining of Emily Brontë's composition of Wuthering Heights, and of her relationship with her sister Anne Brontë. Emily and Anne wrote in collaboration on their intricately detailed, private fantasy world of Gondal, and their novels wrestle with many shared questions and themes. Ellen Nussey described them as being 'like twins - inseparable companions.' This piece explores their creative influence on each other, especially Anne's influence on Emily.
The poem is narrated by an imagined Emily Brontë, her voice blending with the voices of her characters over the course of the piece, blurring the boundaries between Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Emily herself. Extracts are included from Emily and Anne's 'Diary Papers' of 1834 and 1845, as well as from Anne's powerfully incisive preface to the second edition of her novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' in 1848.
'The Sisters Walk' is about the act of writing and the necessity of writing for these two sisters. It's about creative influences and collaboration and solitude. It's about the fierce clarity of vision that each of these writers had, and their determination to speak their 'unpalatable truths,' as Anne put it.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is one of 'The quirky and historic British attractions that have suffered in lockdown' according to The Telegraph.
Among the many treasure troves of British history struggling with Covid restrictions is the Brontë Parsonage Museum, over 200 miles north of Pollock’s in Haworth, Yorkshire. The former home of the Brontë family holds the world’s largest collection of the manuscripts and possessions of the three sisters and brother.
It is looked after by The Brontë Society, a charity and one of the longest-running literary societies. Within its walls, the sisters wrote their classics: surrounding moorland served as inspiration, nowhere as clearly as in Wuthering Heights. 
However, the museum has been able to reopen for just two full months since the first lockdown and limited space combined with social distancing meant that only six visitors could enter at one time. It has benefitted from the Arts Council England’s Emergency Fund and Cultural Recovery Fund, as well the job retention scheme. However, this hasn’t been sufficient to keep it going and a crowdfunding campaign was launched, bringing in £50,000. 
“A future where our world-class collection could not be shared with our visitors and audiences is unthinkable,” says Rebecca Yorke, from the Brontë Society and museum. 
“The Brontës overcame many obstacles in their short lives, and it is with their determination and spirit in mind, that we are reviewing what we do and how we do it, in order to increase our resilience and relevance,” she adds. (Emma Featherstone)
A young reporter for This Is Local London tells about how sh'e planning to spend Women's History Month 2021.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, I will be proudly watching feminist speeches that motivate me, immersing myself in some feminist pieces of literature to read, such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, re-watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s fantastic Ted Talk: ‘We Should All Be Feminists’. (Saambavii Suthakaran)
Firstpost interviews writer Kevin Barry:
His most memorable childhood book? His sister’s copy of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, which he read while being stuck at home sick. Barry descries it as his "first serious book" and the feeling of being transported that accompanied it. He still visits sections of the book every now and then. (Harsh Pareek)
A contributor to Book Riot on how she became a reader:
Eventually, I would start to explore other properties, from Jane Eyre to James Bond to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Jessica Pryde)
The New Yorker reviews Netflix's Behind Her Eyes.
Behind Her Eyes” is more of an inner simmer: its violence is largely psychological, like if Hannibal Lecter were a repressed housewife. The show also has supernatural elements, which reminded me of such series as “Stranger Things” and “The OA,” in which the real is dappled with the mystical in order to throw the characters’ innermost desires into high relief. In tone and genre, though, the show is closest to twist-heavy cinematic thrillers like “Diabolique,” from 1955, or “Deathtrap,” from 1982, or even “Wild Things,” from 1998—films that focus on a tight cluster of heated, passionate characters locked in a world whose rules keep changing. “Maybe his wife is crackers,” Louise’s friend Sophie says, when Louise expresses concerns about Adele’s well-being. “Proper Jane Eyre-in-the-attic stuff.” Sophie misspeaks: in Charlotte Brontë’s novel, it is not Jane Eyre who is locked in the attic but her rival and shadow double, Bertha Mason. And yet the comment is apt. In “Behind Her Eyes,” it is hard to tell who is warden and who is prisoner, who is crazy and who is sane, and the show revels in this uncertainty. Part of the fun for the viewer, too, lies in just letting go and seeing where the series’ dizzying hairpin turns will take you. (Naomi Fry)
Tom's Hardware (Italy) looks at the new books coming out in March.
Un tè a Chaverton House [Alessia Gazzola]
Uscita: 15 Marzo 2021
Ora zittire la vocina che lega la scelta di restare ad Alessandro, lo sfuggente manager della tenuta, non è facile. Ma devo provarci. Lui ha altro per la testa e anche io. Per esempio prepararmi per fare da guida ai turisti. Anche se ho scoperto che i libri non bastano, ma mi tocca imparare a memoria i particolari di una serie tv ambientata a Chaverton. La gente vuole solo riconoscere ogni angolo di ogni scena cult. Io invece preferisco servizi da tè, pareti dai motivi floreali e soprattutto la biblioteca, che custodisce le prime edizioni di Jane Austen e Emily Brontë. È come immergermi nei romanzi che amo. E questo non ha prezzo. O forse uno lo ha e neanche troppo basso: incontrare Alessandro è ormai la norma. (Giovanni Arestia) (Translation)
Cumhuriyet (Turkey) recommends several classic novels--Jane Eyre among them. The Gothic Library posts about Rose Lerner’s The Wife in the Attic. Maddalena De Leo has written about 'Anne Brontë and Music' on The Sisters' Room.
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This is a recent Jane Eyre retelling for children we mentioned earlier in the newsround:
Jane Eyre 
Retold by Ally Sherrick
Illustrated by Ria Maria Lee
Part of the Rising Stars Reading Planet Series
Rising Stars UK Ltd
ISBN: 9781510445246
August 2019

 Reading age: 10-11 years

Life has not been kind to orphaned Jane Eyre. Treated harshly by her Aunt Reed and bullied by her spoiled cousins, Jane is glad to be sent to Lowood School to receive an education. Finally, she can be free of her uncaring family and learn how to make her own way in the world. Years of studying pass, until finally, Jane takes on her first job as a governess to a young girl in the remote Thornfield Hall. Jane tries to convince herself that the strange noises she hears in the night are just the creakings of an old house ... but soon a deeper mystery begins to unfold, and long hidden family secrets will soon be revealed.

Monday, March 01, 2021

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 The Telegraph and Argus reports that,
The plaque [for childcare pioneer Florence Moser] is the latest in Bradford Civic Society’s ‘Great Women of Bradford’ series honouring women who made significant contributions to social reform, literacy, childcare and aviation. The other plaques are dedicated to author Malachi Whitaker, Victoria Cross recipient Barbara Jane Harrison and trade unionist and suffragette Julia Varley. A plaque for the Brontë sisters at their Thornton birthplace will be unveiled later this year. (Emma Clayton)
A young reporter for This Is Local London features writer Ally Sherrick.
This spectacular author has visited numerous schools prior to the pandemic and has inspired countless young people to become a part of the storytelling experience. She continues to do this through both short stories - such as a 64-page version of Jane Eyre - as well as her extended novels for children. 
“It is quite interesting when you read a book when you’re a young person and then you read it when you’re a bit older, especially with Jane Eyre, I found that I have taken different things from that book at different stages of my life. I really like that with books because they can really speak to you,” Ally asseverated. (Sayanen Sawmynaden)
AnneBrontë.org has a post on 'February In The Brontë Novels'. The Sisters' Room looks into 'How to pronounce Brontë'.
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A new scholar book with Brontë-related content:
Edited by Clive Bloom
Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 978-3-030-40865-7

By the early 1830s the old school of Gothic literature was exhausted. Late Romanticism, emphasising as it did the uncertainties of personality and imagination, gave it a new lease of life. Gothic—the literature of disturbance and uncertainty—now produced works that reflected domestic fears, sexual crimes, drug filled hal
lucinations, the terrible secrets of middle class marriage, imperial horror at alien invasion, occult demonism and the insanity of psychopaths. It was from the 1830s onwards that the old gothic castle gave way to the country house drawing room, the dungeon was displaced by the sewers of the city and the villains of early novels became the familiar figures of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, Dorian Grey and Jack the Ripper. After the death of Prince Albert (1861), the Gothic became darker, more morbid, obsessed with demonic lovers, blood sucking ghouls, blood stained murderers and deranged doctors. Whilst the gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament and the new Puginesque churches upheld a Victorian ideal of sobriety, Christianity and imperial destiny, Gothic literature filed these new spaces with a dread that spread like a plague to America, France, Germany and even Russia. From 1830 to 1914, the period covered by this volume, we saw the emergence of the greats of Gothic literature and the supernatural from Edgar Allan Poe to Emily Brontë, from Sheridan Le Fanu to Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson. Contributors also examine the fin-de-siècle dreamers of decadence such as Arthur Machen, M P Shiel and Vernon Lee and their obsession with the occult, folklore, spiritualism, revenants, ghostly apparitions and cosmic annihilation. This volume explores the period through the prism of architectural history, urban studies, feminism, 'hauntology' and much more. 'Horror', as Poe teaches us, 'is the soul of the plot'.  
The book includes the chapter: Challenging Genre Definitions in Jane Eyre by Claire Bazin.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

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The Bolton News presents the upcoming (next March 17th) The Brontës: Reimagined; Reappraised; Revisited event:
The work of the 19th Century literary sisters, The Brontës, will feature in a creative festival event next month.
"The Brontës: Reimagined; Reappraised; Revisited" will take place online on Wednesday, March 17 at 6.30pm with two authors of the famous sisters set to discuss their lives and their novels.
"A View From the 21st Century" Brontë biographies Dr Sophie Franklin and Adelle Hay will give their insights at the event, organised by Bolton Library and Museum Services and Saraband Press.
Questions may be debated such as "who was the real Charlotte Brontë?" and "was Emily a woman ahead of her time?"
"Why has Anne been endlessly sidelined?" and "which is the greatest Brontë novel of all?" may be discussed.
The event, which is free to book, is part of the New Words Festival, a joint online book festival celebrating the partnership between the Time to Read network.
It is funded by the Arts Council England.
To book to receive a link on Zoom visit (James Mutch)
Insider looks at the best British films of the last decade:
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Andrea Arnold's unconventional re-imagining of Emily Brontë's classic novel strips away all the period-drama clichés we are accustomed to seeing when any Brontë is hauled over to the big-screen to create an immersive and incredibly daring drama that pushes beyond the well-known love story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliffe (sic).
Instead, Arnold uses the love between the two young northerners who are split by rank; and, most prominently in Arnold's adaptation, race to create a movie that offers up all the gothic spirit of the novel alongside the even darker history of British imperialism. (Zac Ntim)
The Sunday Times selects it as one of the films on next week's TV:
Wuthering Heights (Film4, Wednesday, 12.50am)
The director Andrea Arnold, who made her name with social-realist dramas such as 2009’s Fish Tank, emphasises rough textures in this Emily Brontë adaptation, bringing us in close to Heathcliff and Catherine (James Howson and Kaya Scodelario) and their windswept world. Despite this immediacy, the pair’s inner lives remain a bit too distant from us, but the film is bracing, all the same. (2011) (Edward Porter)
Discover Bradford with new walking tours according to The Telegraph & Argus:
Bradford BID has launched a series of safe walking tours to help people rediscover their city centre and keep active during lockdown.
The BID has teamed up with the award-winning high street app LoyalFree to develop the walking trails. (...)
The app has also digitised Bradford in Blue Plaque Trails, allowing residents to discover some remarkable – and, sometimes, surprising – sites of international significance. Do you know, for instance, where Bradford’s original Old Manor House stood? Or where the Brontë sisters’ brother used to live and work? (Felicity Macnamara)

First Post (India) talks about Nancy Drew, the series:

While acknowledging Nancy Drew’s privilege as a rich white girl as well as author Sara Paretsky’s critique of the racial attitudes reinforced by novels like The Secret of the Old Clock, Johnson defends Drew against some of the criticism from critics in the 80s and 90s — most of them, Johnson argued, were reading the regressive latter-day rewrites and not Mildred Benson’s 1930s second-wave feminist texts. Johnson also reminds us of the narrative value of Nancy being motherless, since the heroines of Charlotte Brontë et al benefitted greatly from not having a mother tell them how to behave, when to curtsy and which male excesses to tolerate in perpetuity.  (Aditya Mani Jha)
Your Decommissioning News reviews the film Phantom Thread:
When, on the same evening, he takes the young woman to the hut, instead of making love, he makes her try to put on a dress, with the help of Cyril, who has appeared who knows where. Then, Alma finds himself in a position as Jane Eyre and Cheb M.I am De Winter, N. Rebecca : Fond of a man older than her, surrounded by female ghosts (here, Woodcock’s mother), guarded by a dragon. Alma embarks on a ruthless campaign to turn Woodcock’s infatuation into engagement. (Lawrence Reid)
Friuli (Italy) interviews the writer Andrea Nagele:
Andrea Ioime: Quali autori, non solo ‘gialli, l’hanno influenzata?
“Tanti: alcuni sono citati anche nei mei libri, come Jane Austen e le sorelle Brontë. Ma adoro anche James Joyce, Italo Svevo, Donna Tartt, Ernest Hemingway, Peter Handke e i drammi di Shakespeare”. (Translation)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland) interviews professor and author Emilie Pine:
Und ich fand zum Beispiel Jane Eyre von Charlotte Brontë, ein einsames Kind, das irgendwie überlebt. Oder Jeanette Wintersons autobiografischen Roman «Orangen sind nicht die einzige Frucht». Auch hier ein Kind, das irgendwie nicht passte, von der eigenen Familie abgelehnt wurde – und seinen eigenen Weg finden musste. (Peer Teuwsen)
Nius (Spain) talks about the resurgence of the English governess. The mention is not really very accurate but ok, we guess: 
Las tres hermanas Brönte (sic) fueron las que mejor describieron el sentimiento de las institutrices en sus libros bajo el reinado de la reina Victoria. La mayor de las hermanas, Charlotte, trabajo como institutriz en 1839 y llegó a escribir “odio y aborrezco el simple pensamiento de ser institutriz”. Más tarde aprovechó su experiencia para definir a sus personajes como Jane Eyre que también trabajaron como institutriz. Pero ella dotó a esas mujeres de una fuerza y de una determinación que escapaban del patrón de aquella época y del concepto que se tenía de ellas. (Daniel Postico) (Translation)

L'Incorrect (France) talks about the author Maximilien Friche:
Exilé loin de sa patrie normande, c’est à Toulouse qu’il grandit,« dans les rues en lacis » duquel il aime se perdre, s’enfermant « entre midi et deux dans l’église de la Dalbade pour mettre [s]es tripes sur l’autel », avant de pousser jusqu’ « au cloître des Jacobins (c’était gratuit pour les jeunes), pour écrire dans [s]a tête ». Une adolescence comme il se doit, torturée par le monde et consolée par l’Esprit. Rodolphe-Maximilien n’aimait pas lire, et c’est bien étrange. Jusqu’à ce qu’il tombe à 14 ans sur Les Hauts de Hurlevent. Rodolphe-Maximilien n’était pas spécialement pratiquant, et c’est bien étrange.  (Jacques De Guillebon) (Translation)
All About English Literature posts a character analysis of Heathcliff.

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The second and revised edition of the Poems of Anne Brontë (Edwarch Chitham's take on them)  has just been released:
The Poems of Anne Brontë
​Second, revised edition with new introduction

Edited and Introduced by Edward Chitham
ISBN 9781913087548 Paperback
ISBN 9781913087555 Hardback
ISBN 9781913087562 eBook
Edward Everett Root Publishers 
February 28, 2021
This is the definitive edition of the poems by the leading modern editor. It makes the work fully accessible to all.

This new edition is essential to understanding Anne Brontë’s life, her entire literary works, and her relationships with her sisters.

Anne Brontë`s poems have in the past been overshadowed by the marvellous productions of her elder sister Emily, whose leadership she accepted for many years during her youth. In commenting on both the novels and the poetry, however, the increasingly different aims of the two are only just now being clearly recognised. Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are not both simply `Gothic novels` and the poetic work of Anne and Emily cannot be subsumed under the heading 'Gondal'.
As this editor shows, we have to grasp how different Anne Brontë`s life experiences were from those of her sisters. Charlotte and Emily shared a bedroom in their childhood (indeed, a bed). They made up their plays which Charlotte called `strange`. Anne slept with her Aunt Elizabeth, a lively, intelligent woman coming from the Wesleyan hotspot of Cornwall. She was steeped in Wesleyan Methodism and had nothing to do with Calvinism. Elizabeth inducted Anne into Evangelical Christianity, a view congenial to Patrick, Anne`s father. Without understanding Anne`s continuous and heartfelt attachment to this mode of thought, feeling and action, we cannot understand her work. As a Methodist, Elizabeth insisted on organised work and behaviour, and as a Wesleyan, on the view that `Jesus died for all`; Anne took on these attitudes.
We have Anne`s retrospective view of her life in poem No.57, which Edward Chitham argues should be studied very closely. It is an intensely honest summary of her life`s experience. Clare Flaherty called this poem a `haunting, elegiac lament over an unfulfilled life`. Here Anne relives her childhood, stressing her own vulnerability, but also her concern for others. She points to the Bible as her exemplar and surprisingly says that her study makes her `wiser than her teachers`, pointing among other things to the scenes in Wildfell Hall where Helen uses theology to struggle with her husband on his deathbed. In lines 178-207 she deals with her relations with Emily.
Edward Chitham, in his new introduction, suggests that nothing could be clearer than her admission that the two drifted away from each other, from childhood to adulthood. In Gondal, sometimes Anne supported Emily`s narrative, sometimes wrote on her own account. Though Emily has often appeared the more dominant woman, sometimes – for example, after the initial rejection of Wuthering Heights - Anne firmly but quietly supported her sister.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

History Extra shares '20 inspirational quotes from women through history for International Women’s Day' including
12 “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Who said it? Charlotte Brontë (1816–55), English novelist and poet
About: Charlotte Brontë was an English writer and eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived to adulthood. She is best known for her novel Jane Eyre, which has been adapted countless times for film and television and is often considered among the greatest works of English literature (as well as being what some might describe as an early feminist novel). The above quote is said by Brontë’s protagonist, Jane, in chapter 23 of the novel.
“[Brontë] didn’t twiddle her thumbs. She got on with things – and she paved the way for other female writers. Her novels have a feminist twist, and she had a strong sense that life wasn’t fair for women,” said children’s book author Jacqueline Wilson in an interview for BBC History Magazine in 2016. (Rachel Dinning)
The Nerd Daily reviews Bella Ellis's The Diabolical Bones.
The mystery itself is exciting and full of twists and turns throughout. The Diabolical Bones is perfect for fall and winter (for us seasonal-mood readers) as the wintery isolated setting and consistently spooky vibes are front and center throughout the story. (Marla Warren)
Tor lists '8 Twists on Classic Gothic Stories':
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys’ explicitly anti-colonialist response to Jane Eyre. The novel follows Antoinette Cosway, a formerly rich Jamaican heiress of Creole descent who eventually becomes the “madwoman” in Mr. Rochester’s attic. Antoinette tells her own story, in which she is not mad at all, but forced into a hopeless situation by her tyrannical English husband, who is not named in the book. As the book unfolds in the days after the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, Antoinette’s own racism and the consequences of her family’s choice to be slaveowners form a pivotal point in her downfall.
Rhys, who was born in Dominica, takes a scalpel to an iconic Gothic tale to look at British oppression in the Caribbean, the horror of white supremacy and slavery, and both men’s brutal treatment of women, and the way elite women can trade an illusion of safety to become complicit in the abuse of the lower class.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
High Place stands in the Mexican countryside, home to Howard Doyle, an ancient Englishman and his sons, one handsome but threatening, the other shy. When Noemí’s cousin Catalina asks her to leave her city life and come to High Place it’s shortly after her marriage to Virgil—and Catalina clearly feels that she’s under some sort of threat. Noemí is used to life as a pampered debutante, but she soon realizes that she’ll need to become an amateur detective to help her cousin. Is Virgil truly a threat? What are the secrets that seem to haunt Howard? And why has the High Place itself begun to appear in Noemí’s dreams, showing her images of grotesquerie and beauty that haunt her waking life and hint that she may never be able to leave? Can a house have a will of its own?
The author of Gods of Jade and Shadow takes all the tropes of a classic Gothic and transports them to the Mexican countryside, where the fading English elite fight to hold on to their power—even if it means living in thrall to ancient evil.
Fala! Universidades (Brazil) lists 3 reasons to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
III – O ARQUÉTIPO MORAL DAS PERSONAGENS (Esther Machado Piuvezam) (Translation)
El País (in Catalan) features the work of writer Víctor García Tur:
El punt de partida podria semblar concebut per algun deixeble canadenc de John Cheever —i ho avalaria l’aguda observació de la força i la debilitat psicològica, la ironia tràgica i l’ansietat que lliga la tribu dels Roy-Tremblaypierre—, però L’aigua que vols, premi Sant Jordi 2020, és una nova demostració de la ventrilòquia literària de Víctor García Tur (Barcelona, 1991), capaç d’absorbir i transformar el gran art del passat —ja s’havia disfressat de Hitchcock i de les germanes Brontë a Els ocells, i de Borges a El país dels cecs—, pujar a l’escenari i representar un gran joc. (Ponç Puigdevall) (Translation)
YorkshireLive thinks that the road trip from  Leeds to Haworth is one of the UK's best road trips.
A 45-minute drive from Leeds to Haworth is one of the UK's best road trips.
That's according to car hire price comparison website which has ranked the 20-mile journey the fourth-best in the country.
The drive, from Leeds city centre to the home of the Brontë Sisters, beats drives from London to Stonehenge, Manchester to Edale, in the Peak District; and even Belfast to the Giant's Causeway.
Indeed the short trip via the A647 and A6144 packs in a wealth of natural beauty as well as unusual features. [...]
Brontë country
Once you're past the village of Cullingworth it's rural for the rest of your journey.
The plateau between the village and Haworth affords superb views across undulating fields towards the Dales and Pennines.
But it's past the crossroads at Flappit Springs where the heather-topped moors reveal themselves in their rugged glory.
A moorland sheep at Top Withens, the farmhouse which inspired Wuthering Heights
Then it's a gradual descent and a brief but steep drive up into Haworth itself.
Haworth has long since shaken its reputation as a tourist trap. The steep, cobbled Main Street bristles with decent cafes, pubs, gift stores and curio shops.
And there's obviously the Brontë Parsonage which is now a museum.
If the weather's decent, it's worth doing the spectacular three-mile walk from Haworth centre to Top Withins (pictured) – the inspiration for Wuthering Heights – via the Brontë Waterfall. (Dave Himelfield)
The Telegraph and Argus reports that filming for the new season of Gentleman Jack has begun.
A set was first built on the top of Haworth Moor's Penistone Country Park on Tuesday with the shoot originally planned to go ahead on Wednesday. [...]
The set has been created to mimic a snow scene with white powder sprinkled delicately over rocks.
Councillors confirmed that the film crews will only be filming for one day. [...]
The first series, which was partly shot in Bradford and featured youngsters from local theatre school, Articulate, was a huge hit, with 6.8 million viewers across its eight-episode run.
It was a major tourism boost for neighbouring Calderdale and perhaps, in future, Haworth - already famous for its Brontë connections.
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A new scholar paper on Wide Sargasso Sea:
The Predicament of the ‘White Cockroach’: The Paradoxes of Belonging in Wide Sargasso Sea
Animesh Biswas
Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
Vol 1. No.1 January- June 2021


Neo-Victorian studies is not identified clearly as academic studies. Neo-Victorianism reflects our ongoing attitude towards Victorian literature and culture. It reveals the past in which women were presented as peripheral. Neo-Victorian literature criticizes Victorian culture through postmodern angle. The development of Neo-Victorian literature as an academic discipline can be seen as a response to a particular time or place historically remote to us. Neo-Victorianism got support as early as in the 1960s with the publication of Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). Wide Sargasso Sea by Rhys is the popular adaptation of Victorian literature. Adaptation is a polyphonic practise involving “both memory and change, persistence and “(Hutcheon). Neo-Victorian adaptation challenges Victorian construction of empire, gender, and sexuality. Through Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys adapts Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre criticizing the ideas and ideologies of the past represented in the text. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar consider Bertha Rochester as the ‘veiled’ sexual self of Jane. Rhys brings out the problem of sexual repression into the open. Antoinette’s madness is the result of her sexual castration and lack of adequate human interaction. Rhys takes her heroine Antoinette from the marginalised position and makes her appear most prominent. While doing so Rhys remodels Bertha and offers Antoinette a centralized role rather marginalized. Jean Rhys’ articulation of race in Wide Sargasso Sea is a very complex one as the issue is intrinsically tangled with gender, class, and national identities. The novel which portrays Creole Jamaican society at a moment of crisis presents a unique web of colour, culture, and hierarchical power relations. Colour that is consciousness of skin presented as a metaphor for social construction of race. It is woven with the question of gender and national identity. Whites born in England are distinguished from white Creoles, descendants of Europeans who have lived in the West Indies for one or more generations. There is a large mixed-race population, as white slave owners throughout the Caribbean and Americans were notorious for raping and impregnating female slaves. However, the central character Antoinette based on the mad woman Bertha from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is involved in a greater paradox. Though one steep removed from racial oppression this white Creole woman is bestowed with fragmented identities and an unconscious fear of belonging. An exile within her own family a ‘white cockroach’ to her disdainful servants and an oddity in the eyes of her own husband Antoinette never finds a place that belongs to her and to which she belongs. The historical circumstance that dominates the novel is the Emancipation Act of 1833 that freed all slaves in the British colonies and the racial conflicts, social upheaval and economic turmoil that surround it. I would like to explore the predicament of the white Creole woman who is an outcaste and rejected by both Europe and England whose blood she shares and by the Black West Indian people whose culture and home have been her for two generation or more.

Friday, February 26, 2021

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Cultured Vultures discusses 'The longevity of Romeo and Juliet'.
Romeo and Juliet laid the bare bones for the formula when it comes to tragic love stories; we see it years later in Wuthering Heights, with Cathy and Heathcliff who separated by class differences and an unflinching stubbornness, or even recently with The World to Come, with the pair’s relationship doomed because of their social setting and gender. (Natasha Alvar)
The Guardian reviews the book The Wild Track by Margaret Reynolds.
Volunteering as an independent visitor in a care home, Reynolds was the only adult spending time with the children who wasn’t paid to do so; no adults lived consistently alongside them. This is better than the grim orphanages in Dickens or Brontë, or probably than the 1960s American institution recreated in The Queen’s Gambit, where the children are routinely drugged with tranquilisers. But we have not got it right, and reading Lucy’s account, the precariousness of the care system is painfully felt. It’s this that makes Reynolds’s book such a necessary contribution to the literature on motherhood, and it’s lucky that both writers are so thoughtful, and so inspiringly attentive to each other’s experience. (Lara Feigel)
How British landscapes have influenced musicians and composers in The Times:
Another evocative beauty spot — and Emily Brontë — led Kate Bush to write Wuthering Heights. “Out on the wiley windy moors/We’d roll and fall in green,” she sings, conjuring up grass stains, sounding as windswept as the romantic haven in Yorkshire that inspired her. (Jonathan Dean)
The Sisters' Room has a chat with Charlie Rauh about the Brontës and music.

 Rose Lerner's The Wife in the Attic is available as an audiobook on Audible:

The Wife in the Attic
by  Rose Lerner
Narrated by: Elsa Lepecki Bean
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins

This daring Gothic thriller reinvents one of literature’s most twisted love triangles. Tensely romantic and deliciously suspenseful, The Wife in the Attic is perfect for fans of Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Goldengrove’s towers and twisted chimneys rose at the very edge of the peaceful Weald, a stone’s throw from the poisonous marshes and merciless waters of Rye Bay. Young Tabby Palethorp had been running wild there, ever since her mother grew too ill to leave her room.
I was the perfect choice to give Tabby a good English education: thoroughly respectable and far too plain to tempt her lonely father, Sir Kit, to indiscretion.
I knew better than to trust my new employer with the truth about my past. But knowing better couldn’t stop me from yearning for impossible things: to be Tabby’s mother, Sir Kit’s companion, Goldengrove’s new mistress.
All that belonged to poor Lady Palethorp. Most of all, I burned to finally catch a glimpse of her.
Surely she could tell me who cut the strings on my guitar, why all the doors inside the house were locked after dark, and whose footsteps I heard in the night....
With devious sophistication, Rose Lerner weaves a haunting tale full of secrets and sharp edges. Will the governess’ loyalties ultimately lie with the master of the house - or with the wife in the attic?
Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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This Telegraph reviewer didn't like Nick by Michael Farris Smith and so thinks that 'It's time to stop tampering with literary classics'. However,
As always, there are honourable exceptions. PD James scored a hit with her palate-cleansing Death Comes to Pemberley, which imagines the characters of Pride and Prejudice six years later, and embroils them in a deliciously ripe whodunit. Wide Sargasso Sea, the 1966 novel by Jean Rhys, is perhaps the greatest literary riff of them all. It looks at the marriage of Mr Rochester through the eyes of his “mad” first wife, the one confined to the attic in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and richly evokes the power-play (and imbalances) between men and women in marriage.
What’s fascinating about Rhys’s work is that while its feminist response to the past is very much steeped in the ideology that was sweeping through British culture in the 1960s, it also chimes with our preoccupations in the 21st century. Indeed, both Wide Sargasso Sea and Nick are attempts to “reclaim narratives”, that modish phrase which anyone who follows the angry mob on Twitter will recognise. Today, we live in an age in which historians and museums are obsessed with giving a voice to those from the past who have been previously silenced, while the lives of more famous historical figures are there to be questioned.
Yet while a reimagining of Mrs Rochester’s life is poignant, a proper emancipation of someone fettered by the conventions of the time, the reclamation of Nick Carraway is unnecessary. He has not been wronged in any way; his silence in Fitzgerald’s original is a smart way to enhance our understanding of the novel’s more memorable characters. (Ben Lawrence)
Nouse has an article on the opening night of York TFTI’s Emergence Festival.
On Tuesday 23 February I tuned into the performance Wild Swimming by Marek Horn and was not disappointed. [...]
Wild Swimming details the story of Nell and Oscar, (Ella McKeown and Logan Jones) two childhood friends who are wildly different, yet always managing to find their way back to one another. Oscar is an undergraduate whose enthusiasm for romantic poetry leads to his  wish to travel the world and  follow Lord Byron in his completion of swimming the Hellespont. Despite his formal education, Nell always seems to have the upper hand in their debates. Sharp tongued and fiery, she always keeps him on his toes. In the end, Nell comes out on top despite the expectation that she is to wait at home to be married. She ends up living out Oscar's dream of visiting Greece and proceeds to inform him that her poetry is due to be published in a collection. She is successful, while he returns injured and deflated from fighting in the war.
Despite the fairly short running time of just over an hour, the play spans hundreds of years starting in the Renaissance period and finishing in the present day. As the time passes, the characters develop in interesting ways. Initially playing down the impact Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has on her, Nell eventually admits that seeing someone just like herself on the page is meaningful. She finds herself, just as Oscar reverts into a shell of his former self. Refusing to move forward in time he attempts to make a portal to go back to the 17th Century. He wants to go back to the version of himself that matches the one in his head; a moment which is very powerful to capture. As the perfect blend of the past and the modern, Wild Swimming plays on gender politics while using audience engagement to its full potential. (Elizabeth Walsh)
France Dimanche features French film actor, director, and writer Robert Hossein.
Nous sommes en 1979. Xavier qui est alors au cours Florent, a rendez-vous avec quelques autres élèves au Palais des congrès où Robert Hossein recrute des jeunes talents pour son prochain spectacle Les Hauts de Hurlevent, adapté du roman d'Emily Brontë. Devant cet immense acteur et metteur en scène, les apprentis comédiens sont pétrifiés de trac.
L'audition se passe, les candidats retiennent leur souffle. « Toi ! » dit alors Hossein, en désignant [actor Xavier Deluc]. (Translation)
Building Our Story posts about The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.
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 A virtual alert at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:

The Brontë Lounge with Ann Dinsdale
February 25th, 19.30 h

An evening with our Principal Curator

Our February visitor to the Brontë Lounge is Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
With an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience at her fingertips, Ann will be in conversation with Helen Meller in this zoom event, discussing her more than three decades working at the Museum, and sharing how vitally important the Brontës and their legacy have been to her, both personally and professionally.
Ann Dinsdale is Principal Curator at the Brontë Society, and has worked at the Brontë Parsonage Museum for more than thirty years. Her books include The Brontës at Haworth (2006) and At Home with the Brontës (2013).

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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The New York Times Magazine features author Kazuo Ishiguro.
It is not for nothing that Ishiguro has named Charlotte Brontë as the novelist who has influenced him most. From “Jane Eyre,” he learned how to write first-person narrators who hide their feelings from themselves but are transparent to other people. Rereading the book a few years ago, he kept coming across episodes and thinking, Oh, my goodness, I just ripped that off! (Giles Harvey)
Ashe Post & Times reviews several new books such as The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.
In between, beauty is far and between in this novel centered on the Texas Panhandle. The Dust Bowl and the Depression — events that marry to help decimate the nation’s economy during the 1930s — certainly offer no allure, and as a young lady, Elsa Wolcott is told by her wealthy parents she is not beautiful, and never will be. At 25 years old, she is considered a spinster; the survivor of a cold and unloving childhood. Her escape is into novels, identifying with the likes of Jane Eyre, and Elsa counts books as her truest friends. (Tom Mayer)
Locus lists some new releases in books including
Womack, Marian: The Swimmers
(Titan Books US 978-1789094213, $15.95, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 23, 2021)
Dystopian reimagining of Wide Sargasso Sea set in Andalusia. After the ravages of the Green Winter, Earth is a place of deep jungles and monstrous animals. The last of the human race is divided into surface dwellers and the people who live in the Upper Settlement, a ring perched at the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Nerd Daily has a conversation with A Nightmare Wakes cinematographer Oren Soffer.
The cinematography is very reminiscent of Victorian art—which would have been Shelley’s time—in that there are a lot of tableau-like shots that play around with light and darkness. Was this intentional? How did you initially approach shooting the film? Did you look anywhere specifically for inspiration? 
I’m so glad you picked up on that because we, indeed, looked at a lot of Victorian-era paintings, as well as Dutch Golden-Age paintings from earlier in the 17th century, as a big inspiration for the visual look of the film. In fact, in some cases we specifically set out to recreate certain compositions inspired by specific paintings! We also looked at a number of movies to help build our reference image library and inform our approach – Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre” and “Lady Macbeth” were big influences for us; both are films that Nora and I both love and both think are quite underrated. On the lighting side, we also took a lot of inspiration from “Barry Lyndon”, “Bright Star,” “The Beguiled,” “The Witch,” The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” and other dark movies and shows with period settings. We also looked at “Alias Grace” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” quite a bit for inspiration for subjective framing. And we also looked at “Black Swan” and “Mother” for how to integrate surreal, nightmare imagery and have it blend into the world of the film. (Jericho Tadeo)
Pickle Me This shares her thoughts of rereading Wuthering Heights.
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New Brontë-related scholar publications:

Passion and Feeling versus Religion and ‘Pure’ Affection in Jane Eyre
Edberg, Natalie
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)

The purpose of this essay is to investigate the protagonist and narrator in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, it explores how Jane to a certain extent both represents and challenges the norms set by the Victorian society since it was during this time that the novel was published. By taking a closer look at the novel in relation to Victorian society’s norms and ideals the essay will show that the conflict that Jane faces in the novel is between love, feeling and passion versus religious norms and principles. By highlighting these conflicts, the essay presents evidence that the protagonist Jane often shows a feminist sentiment. However, her actions often contradict these sentiments which creates a complexity that I hope this essay will explore.
Phrase-structure in English Used in Charlotte Brontë's “Jane Eyre"
Murodova Mukadas Ikromovna, Tillayev Zafar Akmalovich
International Journal of Innovations in Engineering Research and Technology,  vol. 7, no. 05, 2020, pp. 223-229

Languages vary in the patterns they allow as grammatically complete, that is in' the kinds of sentences they use. The syntactical description of any language is made scientifically possible by isolating certain recurrent units of expression and examining their distribution in contexts. The largest of these units are sentences, which can naturally be decomposed into their smaller constituent units — phrases. English syntax is a many-layered organization of relatively few types of its basic units. A twofold or binary structure is one of the most striking things about its grammatical organization

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reviews Rachel Hawkins's The Wife Upstairs.
Three-fourths thriller and one part reimagined classic, “The Wife Upstairs” is a feisty Southern charmer that’s twisty enough to make dinners late in kitchens everywhere.
Taking plot and character inspiration from Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” author Alabama author Rachel Hawkins cleverly reimagines the gothic classic by placing it in the leafy community of Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. This time Jane is unknowingly embroiled in a love triangle, but she’s also looking out for herself ― carving out a new identity and life in the high-end village, where status and appearances seem to count more than character. [...]
In Hawkins’ version, admirers of “Jane Eyre” may smile as they encounter “Eddie” Rochester, zipping his sports car through the neighborhood called Thornfield Estates, the storied English names somehow fitting in quite well in this modern-day South. Despite the playfulness of the reworked names (Jane Eyre’s charge Adèle surfaces as Eddie’s Irish setter puppy), some of the more sinister characters from the classic bring their shadows with them to “The Wife Upstairs”: cold and aloof Mrs. Reed switching from Jane’s aunt to her employer and St. John River becoming John Rivers, a church employee from her past who tries blackmailing our heroine.
Jane is a fish-out-of-water, an averagely attractive young woman from out West with a mysterious past, a beat up car and a dubious living situation in a skanky apartment near strip malls. Wanting more from life, she quickly latches onto Mountain Brook’s affluent lifestyle, where Old Money meets new. Starting with a barista job, she soon finds herself walking the dogs of the wealthy, gaining enough of their trust to be able to pilfer small, valuable trinkets. Diamond earrings and gold bracelets have a way of ending up in her pockets.
As much as the reader would like to sympathize with Jane, Hawkins makes sure there are a few things about her that we should know: She’s hiding something from her past and “Jane” isn’t her real name. (It might be Helen Burns, another nod to the Brontë classic.) As these unsettling facts come to light, the reader becomes more guarded about Jane’s version of things. Tensions mount and mistrust grows as other characters weigh-in through Hawkins’ use of the multi-narrator technique. [...]
 This is not Brontë’s tale, but a modern, rip-roaring thriller best enjoyed on a sandy beach with a tall, salty-rimmed beverage nearby. (Amy Bonesteel)
Julie Ma, author of Happy Families, has written an article for Female First:
Thank goodness then for films and books where you can see people who look like you doing the things you do? There’s The Joy Luck Club but they’re Americans. What about Crazy Rich Asians? Well, they’re insanely rich and live in Singapore.
Where are the Normal British Asians?
Why does it even matter? What difference does it make if you see yourself in fiction? I see myself in Lizzy Bennet, Jane Eyre, Hermione Granger and it is wonderful to feel your bright wit, your earnest sense of duty, your courage and determination reflected in these characters who don’t necessarily look like you.
The thing is though if you are only ever depicted in one way, you’ll feel your caricature, you’ll believe your stereotype. You don’t dare to be anything else. The way to break free is for the wider world to have as many depictions of someone like you as it can.
GoodHousekeeping asks bookish questions to writer Monique Roffey.
The childhood book that’s stayed with you...
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
No one read stories to me as a child. I stole my brother’s Willard Price adventure books at first, Amazon Adventure etc and found them enthralling. Then I graduated on to the Nancy Drew mystery series. I don’t remember Enid Blyton or Narnia. My father’s books were in the house, mannish books, Graham Green and Neville Shute... My first big book love was Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Heathcliff, Cathy, their thwarted love story, the moors. “I am Heathcliff”. I still reel at this book.
Geographical asked writer Rana Foroohar to share her favourite books.
Wide Sargasso Sea • Jean Rhys • 1966
Probably my favourite novel. In her moody, beautiful way, Rhys creates an anti-colonial, feminist answer to Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. It turns out the madwoman in the attic was a beautiful heiress; both she and the Jamaican heat are way too much for Rochester to handle.
New City Lit interviews writer Rebecca Morgan about her new book Oh You Robot Saints!
I was intrigued with how the collection begins with poems about imagined robots and historic attempts at robots mimicking living things, and how it segues into later poems where the human body acts like a machine. Tell me how you started to make that parallel.
Your question immediately makes me think of this line in “Jane Eyre”: “Do you think I am an automaton?—a machine without feelings?” And of course, before that, we have Descartes to thank for the metaphor of living beings as machines. Yet we live in a time in which the metaphors of past thinkers and writers are reshaped by the realities of twenty-first-century technology: our bodies are both “like” machines, while sometimes being part machine, and we live in fear of being replaced by machines. If our bodies are like machines, and can even be machines, what is it that continues to differentiate us, animate us? (Tara Betts)
The Blunder of the Day Award goes to... Telegraph India.
In Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Helen Burns dies of consumption after being quarantined for some time. Later, we are told about how Bertha Mason is kept in confinement owing to a mysterious affliction — a mental illness. Critical enquiries have uncovered the possibility of her ‘madness’ stemming from her captivity, as opposed to Edward Rochester’s argument that she was kept in captivity on account of her illness. (Ipshita Nath)
In a review of Jane Healey's latest paperback release, Herald Scotland states that she was 'apparently, named after Jane Eyre'. FarOut Magazine lists 'The 5 songs that changed Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig’s life' and one of them is Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. Fashion Network (Portugal) is reminded of Wuthering Heights by Molly Goddard's new fashion collection. Finally, the Brussels Brontë Blog features a recent Zoom talk for the group: 'Angel in the House … or Angel in Heaven? How the patriarchy operated in Victorian England — with illustrations from the visual and verbal culture of the period' by Brian Holland.